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Established in 2009 in the striking hills of the Upper Yarra Valley, and bought by the Pattison family and Mary Padbury in 2013, the Little Yarra vineyard is planted to just 1.5 acres of each Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Managed by father and son team Ian and Matt Pattison, they tend the site with the single aim of producing the most authentic, expressive and delicious wines possible from this unique small vineyard.

The 2015 vintage provided almost perfect ripening conditions; temperate days and cool nights produced vibrant, elegant wines that will naturally mature for years to come. Hand picked and sorted in the vineyard, this even ripening year made for excellent acid retention while still delivering a generous fruit spectrum. Whole bunch pressed, naturally settled, and sent to oak hogsheads (30% new) with plenty of fine lees. Fermentation with indigenous yeasts prior to maturation in oak for 10 months. A play between the generous, fruit forward characters of the Mendoza clone, and the longer, underlying frame of the Penfolds clone; producing this wine is an exercise in balance.

They’ve excelled themselves here. This is a wine of terrific intensity, its grapefruit, green apple, candied citrus and white peach flavours bursting through the palate before charging confidently out through the finish. The nose is complex and funky; the aftertaste is steely, tending towards mineral. But the palate is a surge of pure, uncompromised flavour. Gorgeous. Rating: 95 Points; Tasted: May 2016; Alcohol: 13.2%; Price: $35; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2016-2023; Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front

A stunning chardonnay that takes all the Upper Yarra climate and terroir has to offer. It is almost painfully energetic and lively, with grapefruit just pipping white peach at the finishing post after a mad dash up the straight. It gets an extra point thanks to its finish and aftertaste. Rating: 97 Points; Drink by: 2026; Price: $35.00; Date Tasted: March 2016; Alcohol: 13.2%; James Halliday Wine Companion


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